MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Sunday and a drop of 20
degrees, rain, and damp...go figure. Getting geared up for the
parade and cookout tomorrow, nice parade for a local town, vets, boy
and girls scouts, police and fire, school bands, etc....I spent two
hours trying to program in a digital police frequency in the new
Uniden 996P2 scanner. It convinced me to use the usb cable and
Freescan software to load in the remaining frequencies, what a PITA.
...not the fm stuff, the digital tracking ...
For comparison size, the new Icom 7300 on top of
the trusty old Icom PRO3
Saturday was pretty
warm here with clouds in the afternoon...I spent a few hours with
the new Icom 7300, very easy learning curve to operate and setup. I
am impressed, small but hefty package and a nice display. I got a
few goo audio reports on 3928 and elsewhere.....but the new scanner,
the Uniden 996P2, is another story. Steep learning curve....
professor at work....Amy
Schumer sucks.....This is one if my favorite holiday
weekends, the start of summer. Living on Cape Ann, means it is the
start of the summer tourist season. Having owned a few B &B'st here
in town in the past, it meant the start of meeting people from all
over the country. It was a lot of fun....so much so, we are looking
for another property downtown to open another one, maybe, ....It
means the start of the boating season as well, its time to tow the
boat from storage over to my sons house and start to de-winterize it
this weekend ..Looking forward to my Icom 7300 arriving today,
should be fun. I also ordered a Uniden 996P2 scanner yesterday on
Amazon which will copy digital signals, the local police department
switched to digital without asking me last winter! I
hear they are a pain in the ass to program and I did not spring for
the programming cable or software. What could go wrong?....My TenTec
Omni VII is going on EBay next week, I decided to keep the PRO 3
with the Icom 7300, that should do the trick and thin out the herd.
..Unusual for me but I have been on the air everyday, mostly
listening, band conditions are really something else...Enjoy the
weekend, forecasted to be 85 today (Friday)
The Doctor Will
See You Now!
“Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is the
topic of the new (May 24) episode of the
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HAMNET amateur radio network is growing
DARC report the number of nodes and link routes
for the HAMNET amateur radio
network is rising
Hamnet is a high-speed digital radio network that
interconnects automated ham radio stations and its
services, such as Packet Radio, Allstarlink/Echolink/
IRLP, APRS, Paging and Amateur Television using
radio links on the higher bands like 13 cm, 6 cm and
A Google English translation of the DARC post reads:
According to a recent Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)
statistic, recently presented by the DARC Manager
for VHF/UHF/SHF, Jann Traschewski, DG8NGN, in
particular the link distances have increased to 6
cm. The figures are always to be seen on the
deadline of May 16, 2018 and May 19, 2017. So there
were 719 links in 2017 and in 2018 821 were counted.
At 13 cm, the increase is more moderate - from 11 to
13 - and at 9 cm, their number increased from 16 to
24. There is also an increase of the Hamnet
entrances to report, here their number increased to
13 cm from 154 to 176, on 6 cm from 140 to 162 and
on 9 cm from 4 to 5.
On the website of the VUS-department at
one finds also previous year's figures from 2015.
supports mounted at Wahkiakum HS
Monday afternoon the County Sheriff's Department
of Emergency Services teamed up with the Wahkiakum
School District, Wahkiakum County PUD and the
Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club to get us one step
closer to being able to deal effectively with "the
Today's step was to hang pulleys and ropes at the
baseball field so that emergency antennas can very
quickly be hoisted and used to facilitate
communications from our county out to anywhere else
in the world.
The next step will be to test the system from
11:00 a.m., Saturday June 23 to 11:00 a.m., Sunday
June 24 during Amateur Radio Field Day.
Many communications modes will be tested using
five antennas and stations, including Morse Code, FM
simplex voice, single sideband, PSK31, FT8, MFSK16.
The public is invited to check out the radios and
antennas and different operating modes. You can even
try using the radios under the direction of an
See the story and photo by Ron Wright here:
Radio hams head
to Kosovo and Albania
DARC reports Martti, OH2BH / Z68BH, and Pertti,
OG2M / Z68MM are traveling to Kosovo this week
They plan to conclude agreements with the Kosovo
Amateur Radio Association (SHARK) and the
telecommunications authority ARKEP. One topic will
be potential 6m approvals in the future.
In Kosovo, Martti, Z68BH, will award the Z68
multiplier in the CQ WPX (CW) to contest
From Kosovo Martti and Pertti travel to Albania with
Z61DX and possible other operators. From Albania ZA
/ OG2M will be active, especially on 6 m.
Afterwards they fly to Munich and then on to
Friedrichshafen, where they will hold the
presentation "Mission Goodwill Kosovo" on Friday,
June 1st at 4 pm on invitation of the DARC. The
presentation takes place in the lecture hall
Switzerland with a capacity of 180 persons.
Many of the Z6ØA project participants or operators
will be available for the event.
Newsline Report 2117 for Friday, May 25 2018- rehash
of last week's news...
HAMVENTION: MORE THAN FAIR AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With Hamvention 2018 a memory, plans
for next year have already begun - but first, Kevin
Trotman N5PRE takes stock of this year's experience.
KEVIN: Are you ready for Hamvention 2019? OK - not
so fast - it's only days since the big gathering in
Xenia wrapped things up. General chair Ron Cramer
KD8ENJ told Newsline the final attendance count
wasn't in yet, but he expected this year's
attendance to top the nearly 30,000 amateurs who
visited the fairgrounds in 2017. The theme of
"Amateur Radio, Serving the Community" didn't just
find its way into various award ceremonies and
forums but even turned up in informal gatherings
near the food trucks where hams from Puerto Rico and
other storm-ravaged places enjoyed eyeball QSOs for
the first time with hams who shared last year's
storm assistance efforts with them. Ron said some of
the greatest strengths of the weekend event were the
new weather-resistant tents and the 767 volunteers
who came in from around the world to keep operations
running smoothly. Meanwhile there were special hours
at the Voice of America Museum in nearby West
Chester Ohio which opened its doors to more than 250
hams from around the world who got immersed in
broadcast history and even got on the air. To quote
Ron, when Newsline asked him about the overall
positive feedback so far: "If you have any
complaints about Hamvention 2018 you probably
NEW CQ HALL OF FAMERS INDUCTED AT HAMVENTION
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Their contributions to the amateur
community landed 11 notables in the limelight at
Hamvention. Mike Askins KE5CXP has those details.
MIKE: The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inducted 11
new members during Hamvention, including Silent Keys
ranging from the late actor Marlon Brando FO5GJ to
the three astronauts killed in the Challenger
shuttle disaster of 2003: Laurel Clark KC5ZSU, David
Brown KC5ZTC and Kalpana Chawla KD5ESI.
The list also includes open-source QRP kit designer
Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE, Silent Key Grady Fox W4FRM,
one of the pioneers of SSB; African-American
broadcaster and college radio supporter Wendell
King, a Silent Key who was formerly 2ADD and Fred
Lloyd AA7BQ who founded QRZ.com. The list also
included well-known educator and youth advocate
Carole Perry WB2MGP; cybersecurity's Mark Pecen
KC9X/VE3QAM and U.S. Army photographer Ed Westcott
THIS "HAMBULANCE" ANSWERS THE CALL
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Going mobile is part of the amateur
radio experience - and is there any better vehicle
for public service than a refurbished ambulance? One
club doesn't think so and Kent Peterson KC0DGY tells
KENT The Johnston County North Carolina ham club
does what many clubs do. They have around 65 members
who support hurricane evacuees when they come
inland. They run and support a repeater. They
participate in field day. And they have their very
MARK: Somebody called it a hambulance (chuckles).
KENT That's right. They have a converted ambulance
which once belonged to the county. Club member Paul
Dunn KD4BJD spotted an unused ambulance as club
president Mark Gibson N4MQU explains.
MARK: He kept seeing this ambulance parked and saw
grass growing over it they just weren't using it and
he started asking asking questions one thing led to
another and Johnston County donated the ambulance.
KENT Mark says its still a work in progress, but
currently has two operating positions. The truck has
some Icom HF gear as well as the ability to monitor
public safety frequencies.
MARK The first part of April we put 10 mounts up on
top and we can add more operating positions if we
KENT And the hambulance has also been tasked with
MARK:The general public doesn't know anything about
communication and that's the vision for the truck.
We had some elementary school students who have a
ham radio club and they took a tour in the truck and
were fascinated by it.
KENT And they've driven it to a truck and tractor
show to showcase amateur radio as well.
MARK His vision is to help any community who needs
it and we should be able to hook up into their
system, we're just excited as a club to help them
out with that.
AMATEUR EXAMS ARE A FIRST FOR ST. JOHN
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Another way to respond to
emergencies effectively is to Elmer candidates who
want their licenses. That happened recently, for the
very first time, on the Island of St. John in the
Caribbean. Here's Andy Morrison K9AWM with more.
ANDY: There are many things the U.S. Virgin Islands
are known for - blue skies and clear water among
them but - ham radio operators? Guess again. The
Island of St. John has doubled its modest amateur
radio population following the island's first VE
session held May 6 in cooperation with St. John
Rescue and the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas.
After September hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked
out communications for the remainder of 2017,
Jennifer and Larry Pruss believed the island needed
more than 10 active hams. Motivated by last year's
100 days of post-storm outages, there are now 18.
JENNIFER: "We had complete loss and blackout of all
power and communication services. So I think that
made everyone heightened to the fact that ham radio
is extremely useful when all else fails."
ANDY: That was Jennifer Pruss who took - and passed
- both her Technician and General that day. She and
her husband Larry NP2LP are proud that their
12-year-old daughter, Skylar, got her Tech ticket
that day too. Larry says many of the hams expect to
become active and useful to St. John Rescue, which
is providing the new hams with free radios.
LARRY: "My wife and I are both members of St. John
Rescue and we were going to do this regardless of
their help however they stepped up and offered to
help pay for materials and ultimately they are going
to pay for radios. They have given us a grant to pay
of $4,000 for us to buy handheld transceivers so
people who have taken the study courses and
successfully passed are going to get a radio
compliments of St. John Rescue."
ANDY: With the help of volunteer examiners from
sister islands as well as the area ARRL section
coordinator, Larry and Jennifer know this won't be
the only VE session ever to be held on the island.
LARRY: "The next step is to get them their radios
and get the radios distributed and programmed and to
teach the General exam. Concurrent with all that is
to get the ARRL section coordinator to come over
from St. Croix. He has put together a grant for I
think about $25,000 to get some repeaters because
our repeater system was damaged pretty severely
during the storm so we are going to be putting up
new repeaters as well.
ANDY: They expect to have a lot more General class
licensees by the time storm season rolls around this
year. For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Andy Morrison
YOUNG HAMS PREP FOR DAVE KALTER MEMORIAL DX
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: It's going to be a great summer for
a group of young amateurs. They're headed to Curacao
and Neil Rapp WB9VPG tells us what they're up to.
NEIL: Four young hams have been selected for the
Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure this summer.
This group will be headed to the famous PJ2T contest
station in Curacao from July 19th through July 24th.
Each year, a small group of young people and a
parent travel to an exotic location to be the DX,
and work the pileups. Leading the team will be Jim
Storms, AB8YK and Ron Doyle, N8VAR. Jim tells us
about what they hope to accomplish.
JIM: What we want them to do is actually experience
being the DX. We call it an adventure, because we
don’t take everything... we stay in hotels and we
fly in. But, we want them to be the DX, hear that
first pile up, and it is so much fun to watch their
eyes when they hear it the first time. And then
start beating through it. And then watch as they
grow and learn how to do pileup management and how
to pick the right antennas and point the right areas
at the right time. That’s what we try to do is help
them grow in their radio knowledge plus give them a
great experience and hopefully light that fire to
actually be on a DXpedition sometime in the future.
NEIL: This year's youngsters include 13 year old
Violetta Latham, KM4ATT of Greencastle,
Pennsylvania; 13 year old Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX of
Normal, Illinois; 14 year old David Samu, VE7DZO of
Prince George, British Colombia; and 15 year old
Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII of Clemmons, North Carolina.
Mason tells us about finding out that he was
selected for the trip.
MASON: They sent me an email, the YDXA people, and
it was like 11 o’clock at night. I was just checking
my email one more time before I went to bed. And it
came through right as I was about to close the
computer, and literally did a happy dance and kinda
ran a couple of laps around the bedroom and things
like that. I was definitely extremely excited when I
NEIL: When I asked Mason what part of the trip he's
looking forward to the most, this is what he had to
MASON: I'm pretty much looking forward to everything
down there, especially getting to operate from such
a nice station as PJ2T is. I hear them in contests
all the time, and they always have one of the big
signals on the band so being able to operate from
that kind of station is going to be super exciting.
And, there will be quite sizable pileups I’m sure...
and I kind of have an addiction to running pileups
so that’s going to be extremely enjoyable to say the
NEIL: Listen for these young hams running the
pileups this summer from Caracao, and be sure to
give them a call. It will be an experience of a
NEW BANDS FOR AMATEUR USE IN IRELAND
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Things are about to get a little
roomier on the amateur bands for radio operators in
Ireland, as we hear from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
JEREMY: Hams in Ireland are looking forward to
making use of two new ham radio bands and a lot more
spectrum under a new band plan being worked out by
the Irish Radio Transmitters Society. The proposal
would create 8 metres between 30 and 49 MHz and 5
metres between 54 and 69.9 MHz. Digital television
would also be accommodated, among other modes, on
the expansive 5 metre band. The IRTS calls the draft
plans a focus for input and discussion on the
national use of the expanded bands and welcomes
views and suggestions. Those thoughts can be sent
via email to newspectrum at irts dot ie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
up until the 30th of June.
Meanwhile, effective immediately, use of the 4 metre
band has been extended making 69.9 MHz to 70.5 MHz
available for amateur use. This also establishes an
FM calling channel of 70.450 MHz.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN CALIFORNIA
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you're within easy traveling
distance from Long Beach, California, the organizers
and athletes in the Special Olympics could use a
little - or a lot - of your time. For that story,
here's Jack Parker W8ISH, the newest addition to our
JACK: Let the games begin - but not without amateur
radio operators! The Special Olympics Summer Games
are set to kick off in Long Beach, California on
June 9th and 10th on the campus of California State
University. Hams are needed to assist with 2 meter
communications on both days between 8 am and 4 pm.
Even if you can only cover for half a day, you are
welcome to volunteer. The organizers are looking to
provide communications coverage for events such as
track and field, flag football and swimming along
with Games headquarters as well as medical and
supply sites. If you're a first-timer at passing
messages at these kinds of events, same-day training
will be provided. It's a good chance to learn
emergency and event communications and experience
what it's like working in a high-traffic controlled
net. Hams will be covering routine communications as
well as any more urgent needs. For details contact
ke6tnm at scran dot org (email@example.com)
NEW LICENSEES GET ON THE AIR IN CHINA AND SOUTH
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Licensing exams were held recently
in China and South Africa and Ed Durrant D5LP has
ED'S REPORT: China's first Class C licensing exam
has been held for amateurs, resulting in 35 new
holders of the license, which is the highest class
in the nation. Class C licensees are permitted as
much as 1 kW of power on frequencies below 30 MHz
and 25 watts on higher bands. The Chinese Amateur
Radio Club administered the test to a total of 56
candidates. The organizers report that the exam
marked the first use of an identification card image
recognition system to verify the test-takers'
Meanwhile, in South Africa, there are 17 new young
licensees. The South African Radio League reports
that 17 youngsters from the Bhisho Scout Group who
attended a boot camp have successfully tested in
that rural community. They are now holders of the
Class B license, which is an introductory level
license carrying a ZU prefix and is the equivalent
of the Foundation license in the UK. It is issued to
amateurs younger than 25.
WORLD OF DX:
In the world of DX, Mike, VK4DX, will be active as
VK4DX/P from Russell Island in the Southern Moreton
Bay Islands, between June 1-3rd. Listen for him on
80-20 meters where he will be using CW and SSB. QSL
via VK4DX, direct, LoTW or OQRS.
Listen for Eric, K0EAP, Eric, active as KH6/K0EAP
from the Big Island of Hawaii through June 2nd. He
is on 40/30/20/15
meters using CW and SSB and has plans to activate at
least 1 SOTA and WWFF. QSL via LoTW, QRZ, by the
Bureau or Direct.
On Bonaire Island, Lauren/W0LD and Jon/N0JK will be
active on 6 meters with a special PJ4 callsign from
the PJ4G station during the ARRL VHF Contest which
is June 9 and 10th). Before and after the contest,
find them on HF and 6m using CW, SSB
and FT8. QSL via W0LD.
KICKER: THEIR FAMILY HOME IS THEIR FAMILY SHACK
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We end this week's newscast with the
story of a ham family adventure. You'll recognize
one of the names in this report - Neil Rapp WB9VPG
mentioned her in his report just a few minutes ago.
Now let's hear the rest of the story from Don
DON'S REPORT: It seems the Latham family almost
didn't need to leave their home to attend Hamvention
in nearby Ohio. Every day at their house in
Greencastle, Pennsylvania is Hamvention. Of the
seven children, six have licenses as do parents
Rachel KM4ATS and Shannon KA8JRQ. The Lathams were
all at Xenia together recently and Violetta, KM4ATT,
who is 13, spoke at the Saturday morning Youth
Forum. The family's youngest ham is Aaron KM4LEJ,
who's 10 but has had his ticket for two years. Ohio,
however, is a short trip compared to one of their
next journeys - they're heading to Curacao. Don't
expect to find the Lathams lounging on the beach,
however. They're going on DXpedition and the only
waves they'll be surfing are radio waves.
THURSDAY EDITION: I got $910 for the Icom
7000 and $104.50 for the matching LDG tuner final price on Ebay, I
can't figure this one out...but the Icom 7300 has been ordered and I
will probably get it Saturday by mail....Celtics pulled one off last
night, what a game....A friend went to Dayton and sent me the food
vendor list, what was on his mind?....
Inside the vendor area.....
and as usual, rain outside....
ARRL White Paper
Provides Context for Recommended Governance
ARRL has released a “white
” that provides some
context to explain proposed alterations
to the Articles Of Association
and By Laws
that the Executive
Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors
recommended for full Board passage at
its April 21 meeting. Study continues of
the so-called “Code of Conduct” for
Board members, known officially as the
ARRL Policy on Board Governance
and Conduct of Members of the Board of
Directors and Vice Directors
with changes to be recommended for later
the Board pledged to provide the
membership with the rationale and
purpose behind proposed changes to the
Articles and By Laws that
it had adopted last July. In April the
EC recommended minor revisions to two
new amendments to ARRL’s Articles of
Association and one change to its
By-Laws for Board approval at its
July 2018 meeting. In all, four changes
are being proposed.
One proposed change involves the
wording of the Articles that
address indemnification and personal
liability of ARRL Directors, Vice
Directors, and officers. Although the
Board had adopted new Articles 15 and 16
at its July 2017
Connecticut counsel recommended two
revisions, requiring Board approval, to
make the wording of those changed
sections consistent with Connecticut
Article 15 addresses personal
liability of Directors, Vice Directors,
and volunteer and staff officers for
damages due to a breach of duty in their
respective roles, provided the breach
did not involve a “knowing and culpable”
violation of law, improper personal
economic gain, a lack of good faith, and
conscious disregard or sustained and
unexcused pattern of inattention
amounting to abdication of duty.
Article 16 would provide
indemnification of Directors, Vice
Directors, and volunteer and staff
officers for any monetary judgement
based on any actions taken or any
failure to take action, except under the
circumstances listed in Article 15.
A change to the wording of Article 1
would add “ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio” as an
informal name for the organization, in
addition to “American Radio Relay
League, Inc.” This adds the informal
name of the organization to the formal
name spelled out in Article 1 to
indicate that either rendering is a
proper description of the organization.
A clarification of the Directors/Vice
Directors election cycle spelled out in
By Law 23 also was required. This
involved only a wording change to
include the correct years involved.
minutes of the
April 21 ARRL Executive Committee
meeting include the specific wording of
the proposed changes.
The Board made two specific edits to
the “Code of Conduct” at its January
meeting and directed the EC to review
the remaining provisions with the
intention of presenting those to the
full Board. The EC began this process at
its April meeting, considering a
simplified version of a document
recommended by the National Council of
Non-Profits but realized it would take
longer than anticipated to complete this
review and present its findings to the
Board and the membership. The EC expects
to have a discussion and a proposal for
the Board’s consideration later this
Amateur Radio transponders on planned
Chinese satellites to include HF..yet
more space junk to be launched
China's Amateur Radio Satellite
has released some details of three new
Amateur Radio satellites that could be
launched as early as September. Two of
the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will
carry transponders, and one of them will
have HF capability.
CAS-5A is a 6U
CubeSat. It will have an HF/HF (21/29
MHz) mode linear transponder; an HF/UHF
(21/435 MHz) mode linear transponder; an
HF CW telemetry beacon; VHF/UHF mode
linear transponder; a VHF/UHF mode FM
transponder; a UHF CW telemetry beacon,
and UHF AX.25 4,000/9,600-baud GMSK
Telemetry. Transponders will have 30 kHz
passbands, except for the H/U unit,
which will be 15 kHz.
The tiny CAS-5B,
weighing 1/2 kilogram, will be deployed
from CAS-5A in orbit. It will carry a
UHF CW beacon on an Amateur Radio
frequency. It will be placed into a 539
x 533 kilometer, 97.5-degree orbit.
CAS-5A/B will launch from the Jiuquan
Satellite Launch Center.
CAS-6, a 50-kilogram
microsat, will include a VHF CW
telemetry beacon; a U/V mode 20 kHz
linear transponder, and AX.25 4,800-baud
GMSK telemetry downlink. It will also
carry an atmospheric wind detector and
other systems that will operate on
A launch at sea is planned for CAS-6
from the China Academy of Launch Vehicle
Technology. The microsat will be placed
into a 579 x 579 kilometer, 45-degree
AMSAT has applied to the
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
to coordinate frequencies for all three
WEDNESDAY EDITION: New
Hamvention.....Lets see, a trip over to the Vocational
School to see what's going on and watching a foundation pour this
morning, exciting day....I finally got on the air last night, around
530pm. band conditions were pretty quiet actually. I got on 20
meters SSB and worked a dozen countries running 100 watts with the
dipole. I made a few contacts on 40 and 75 just for fun...Who says
you cant have fun with a wire antenna? I didn't even need to fire up
the amplifier..... I see
Polaroid is making a new camera with instant film. One
hundred bucks for the camera and 16 bucks for film with 8 shots. I
cant imagine it being a big seller...A
transgender boy made it to the Supreme court and won his
case, the liberal judges say he can pee in the girl's room. I wish I
was in high school, I'd pee in the girls room as well, it sounds
like a great dating opportunity. The whole football team would be in
there...and if the girls wanted to piss in the boys room, God bless
Radio ham recognized for Skywarn
The Daily Sun reports on Harold Lloyd W4OE who
serves as a volunteer amateur radio operator with Sumter County
For more than a decade, the Village of Glenbrook resident has
donated his knowledge of being a ham radio operator to Sumter County
“I’ve enjoyed being able to provide a service to the community,”
In February, the members of emergency management recognized Lloyd
for his work with Skywarn, a program of the
National Weather Service in which ham radio operators relay
information about severe weather in their particular area.
While he is stepping away from working with Skywarn, he will
continue to assist emergency management.
“He’s been our strongest supporter going way back,” said David Casto,
director of emergency management in Sumter County. “We’re proud of
him. He’s done so much for the county and others, and he’s still
Lloyd has established nets, or on-the-air gatherings of operators
relaying information about any inclement weather in the area. Twice
a week, Lloyd has led these nets as a communications drill to make
sure everything is ready in case an emergency occurs.
When Hurricane Irma came through the state last year, Lloyd said,
the volunteers were on duty for quite a few hours.
Read the full story at
TUESDAY EDITION: Nice start to the day here,
sunny and warm...A home depot day, need 40 sets of hinges and knobs
for a kitchen job and some tomato plants while I am there...I am
researching electric bikes, anyone out there have one?.....This
month's QST MAG had an article about the G5RV antenna. I never saw
any reason to make or buy that antenna, it is a compromise antenna
at best...just what QST said! they finally got something right...
Get off your fat ass and make a 120 foot dipole and feed it with
ladder line...it works great on all the hf bands. Fifteen or twenty
bucks and you are golden....The new format of QST seems to be harder
to read, is the type smaller or what? I would love to take over the
Editor job at QST and start pushing out fun articles and
information, it sure is a drag to read now. I buy it to support the
league, pay the six figure president's salary, and enjoy the color
ads which comprise the majority of the magazine.....Celtics lost
again but looked a little better, maybe the home floor will spark
them up...new research study showed bottled water full of
microplastics from the manufacturing process, the good news never
ARRL Business Services Manager
Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ (SK)
ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ,
of Colchester, Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness.
She was 66 and had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly
40 years, starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy
Circulation Manager, Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and
Warehouse Manager, and as Business Services Manager (including
She met her husband of 31 years, ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart
Jahnke, W9JJ, at Headquarters.
"This is a tremendous loss for the ARRL," said ARRL CEO Barry
Shelley, N1VXY. "Those of us who knew Deb will miss her remarkable
spirit and direct approach to both the work of the ARRL and life.
Deb loved the outdoors, including sharing time with family in her
flower garden, and with their dogs and her rescue horses."
She enjoyed the fall foliage, and one of her favorite places to
visit was Harkness Memorial State Park on the Connecticut shoreline
For many years, she was a fixture at Hamvention(r) and at other
major Amateur Radio shows, organizing and overseeing the operation
of ARRL's exhibit and store. Deb Jahnke attended Newington High
School and Central Connecticut State University.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by their daughters
Samantha and Ashley. No public services are planned at this time.
The family has requested that contributions be made in Debra
Jahnke's name to the American Cancer Society, the Shriners Hospitals
for Children, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Friends may
leave remembrances on the Belmont Funeral Home site at,
2018 IARU HF World Championship
The 2018 IARU HF World Championship Contest
takes place the second full weekend of July, beginning 1200 UTC
Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (14-15 July 2018).
Both Single and Multi-operator stations may operate the entire
24-hour period. All licensed amateurs worldwide are eligible to
participate in this contest.
The objective of this contest is to contact as many other
amateurs as possible, especially IARU member society HQ stations,
around the world using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.
Multipliers are the total number of ITU zones plus IARU member
society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode). Thus, your
Society's HQ stations participation is very important for the
Last year, we had 11 societies participated in the contest from
Region 3, and I hope to hear/work more HQ stations from our region
IARU officials represent a maximum of four multipliers per band
(AC, R1, R2 and R3). Our two regional AC members have the option of
using "AC" or our regional designator "R3". Regional EC members who
are not AC members must use our designator "R3".
You can find the complete rules at;
I am planning to participate in this contest with “R3” designator
and hope to see you all during the contest.
Enjoy and good luck!
Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP
Secretary, IARU Region 3
Signals Received as Amateur Radio Heads to
China has launched two microsatellites
into a lunar transfer orbit. They
launched as secondary payloads with the
relay satellite on May
20, in conjunction with the Chang’e 4
mission to the far side of the moon.
Once in lunar orbit, DSLWP-A1 and
DSLWP-A2 (DSLWP = Discovering the Sky at
Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder) — also
known as Longjiang-1
— will test
low-frequency radio astronomy and
space-based interferometry. They carry
Amateur Radio and educational payloads,
but not a transponder. The Chang’e 4
mission will be the first-ever attempt
at a soft landing on the far side of the
Following deployment, signals
from the DSLWP satellites were received
by radio amateurs in Brazil, Chile, and
the US, as well as by many others around
the world. Harbin Institute of
Technology (BY2HIT) developed and built
the DSLWP spacecraft and is overseeing
that mission. The two microsats
eventually will enter a 300 × 9,000
kilometer elliptical orbit. Each
satellite carries VHF/UHF SDR
transceivers for beacon, telemetry,
telecommand, and digital image downlink,
plus a GMSK-JT4 repeater. Onboard
transmitting power is about 2 W.
The astronomy objectives of the two
spacecraft are to observe the sky at the
lower end of the electromagnetic
spectrum — 1 MHz to 30 MHz — with the
aim of learning about energetic
phenomena from galactic sources, using
the moon to shield them from earthbound
An open telecommand protocol on the
spacecraft is designed to allow radio
amateurs to send commands to take and
download images. DSLWP-A1 downlinks are
435.425 MHz and 436.425 MHz; DSLWP-A2
downlinks are 435.400 MHz and 436.400
MHz. They will use 250/500 bps GMSK
using 10 kHz wide FM single-channel
data, with concatenated codes or JT4G.
JT4 uses four-tone FSK, with a keying
rate of 4.375 baud; the JT4G sub-mode
uses 315 Hz tone spacing and 1,260 Hz
The Queqiao communications
relay satellite is required for the
lunar far-side landing to facilitate
communication with a not-yet-launched
lander and rover because the moon’s far
side never faces Earth, and some
significant scientific measurements from
the dark side of the moon require
real-time contact with Earth. Queqiao
was developed by the China Academy of
Space Technology (CAST).
Harbin Institute of Technology
Amateur Radio Club hopes that radio
amateurs will get involved with the
DSLWP mission, and QSL cards have been
designed for different flight phases for
amateurs who successfully receive
telemetry or make contact.
MOTIVATION MONDAY EDITION: Wow, sunny and 60
at 6am, that is a bonus around here...I talked to three local hams
who went out to the Dayton Hamfest. All said they had a good time
but said the rain was torrential at times making the flea market not
so much fun. I should have some photos from them soon to post....
The year is 1958 and what I notice is what I
remember from the 1960's, high school age playing with radio's at
Field Day. Today those same "kids", those that are still with us,
are what we see at Field Day....no kids. We have not done a good job
of bringing youth into the hobby, myself included.
Dr. Jack Mandelman is on the short list for holding the
most patents, over 700 Worldwide, in the area of semiconductor
physics, while at the same time a successful ham radio operator
working DX and CW.
Now in the middle of a QTH move, Jack is exploring satellite
communications and DMR.
K1VT shares his ham radio story and the period during the space
race to the moon that led to the technology that we all enjoy in our
Listen to the podcast
Hamvention 2018 -
Hamvention 2018 is history. It was a
rain-plagued event . . . until today. On
Sunday, the Sun burst forth and the
bargain hunters flocked to the Xenia
Fairgrounds. A number of exhibitors
commented that it was the largest
Hamvention Sunday attendance that they
had seen in a long time.
Hamvention may also be remembered for
the number of new products that debuted
at the show. In addition to the new
transceivers we reported in yesterday’s
summary, there were many other new
products ranging from CW keys, to
digital mode interfaces, to audio
processors, and RF power amplifiers.
Young attendees seemed to be in
greater evidence this year, including
teams of students interested in
combining Amateur Radio with robotics.
For example, the
First Robotics competition teams
were present and demonstrating their
In the same area, the HamSCI
exhibitors received considerable
attention, both from veteran amateurs
and younger amateurs alike.
The weather notwithstanding, the mood
was clearly upbeat. The open layout of
the Xenia Fairgrounds drew compliments
as attendees found it much easier to
navigate than the previous Hara Arena
venue. The Dayton Amateur Radio
Association also received kudos for
their smooth management of the event.
And no Hamvention 2018 summary would
be complete without a mention of the
food trucks. The food vendors drew rave
reviews with delights ranging from
standard carnival fare to ethnic
XENIA — If you’re a member of the
Latham Family from Greencastle, Penn., operating
amateur radio is almost a given.
No matter age
or gender, it’s what you do.
“It just seems to be a rite of passage in our
family,” said patriarch Shannon Latham, also
known as KA8JRQ, as he strolled through the
merchandise tent during Hamvention 2018 at the
Greene County Fairgrounds.
It was probably the truest statement of the
In addition to Shannon, six of seven children
all have licenses, including 10-year-old Aaron,
better known as KM4LEJ. He’s been licensed for
“It was fun, playing on the radio, doing what
my older sisters did,” he said when asked what
made him want to obtain a license. “Contacting
people in other states and stuff.”
It’s the second time Aaron has made the
roughly six-hour trek from south central
Pennsylvania to Greene County with the family.
“(I like) just walking around with my dad and
looking at all the radios,” he said.
Aaron isn’t just about talking on the radio
“He likes to help me fix old radios,” Shannon
The females of the Latham Family are also
fairly involved at Hamvention. Violetta, 13, is
speaking at one of Saturday’s youth forums. She
and her other sisters also like to perform
public service work via amateur radio.
Because of that, a trip to Curacao — about 40
miles north of Venezuela — is planned so some of
the Lathams can take part in DX-pedition, a trip
to a remote place to operate a station.
For whatever they like to use their radios,
Shannon — who was first licensed at age 13 —
said it’s important to spark interest in younger
people. He said the age of the average ham
operator is approaching 60-years-old.
“You see very few young people at things like
this,” he said, adding that it’s not just an old
man’s hobby. “We want to be able to recapture
that spirit again.”
New England Hams
you might run across on 39xx
Jon....Editor of As The World
HRO CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
going, Harley riding kind of
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can
be found at most ham flea market
...Cobra Antenna builder..
Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who
cooks on the side at
of the Hosstrader's original
organizers, 75 meter regular,
Roger....75 meter regular, easy
going guy, loves to split
cordwood and hunt...
Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Barry- the picture says it all,
he loves food!
Bob....the Mud Duck from the
Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of
Matthew...75 meter regular...our
token liberal Democrat out of VT
meter Regular......residing on
the Cape of Cod, flying planes
and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the
future of mankind, it's scary!
of Davis-RF....my best friend
from high school
going ham found at all the
Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
talented ham, loves his
politics, has designed gear for
W1KQ- Jim- Retired
Controller...told quite a few
pilots where to go!
The 3936 master plumber and
Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream
shop, hard working man....
Cape Cod, lots of experience in
all areas, once was a Jacques
Cousteus body guard....
Bob, easy going, kind of
like Mr. Rogers until politics
are brought up then watch out...
Bill- Used to work for a bottled
gas company-we think he has been
around nitrous oxide to long .
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day...RIP...
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day...RIP...
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
regular, wealth of electronic
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them
all!.. 3864 regular for many
Hu....SK at 92... 3864
regular for many years...
Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10",
of the 3864 group
Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned
every radio ever built!
Dan....far from easy going cw
and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio....